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New Market Mechanism for Trading Deforestation Compliance in Brazil

December 28, 2012 by

Trading environmental assets could change how farmers and ranchers comply with Brazilian deforestation laws

Today we’re sharing a revolutionary digital tool in the world of deforestation — one of the areas we focus on. Here is  more about it from the Financial Times and MSNBC:

The Financial Times piece highlights ranchers in Paragominas (learn more through our film, “Hanging in the Balance”) —

“Under the Forest Code, if landowners have less than the minimum of forest cover on the their land,  80 per cent in the Amazon region, they must reforest to make up the deficit or buy a credit from another landowner who has more native vegetation than legally required…The potential trade in these credits, officially known as ‘environmental reserve quotas’, or CRAs in Portuguese, is what has got the farmers of Paragominas excited. ‘If we do this, our forests will be protected,’ Mauro Lucio, the cowboy hat-wearing president of the Paragominas farmers union, tells a dinner of local ranchers. ‘They will earn us money and bring good investors into the region.’ read more


Imazon on Understanding Brazil’s Low 2009 Deforestation Rate

January 13, 2011 by

Imazon Senior Researcher Paulo Barreto discusses the reasons behind the drop in deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon in an article in ecoAmazonia. If aggressive new measures Brazil has adopted are correct, why haven’t they succeeded in halting deforestation altogether? And what must still be done to get deforestation under control once and for all?

“Last week, the federal government announced that the deforested area in the Amazon in 2009 (6,451 km2) fell 14% in comparison to 2008. Compared to the last high in 2004 (27,772 km2), it was a 76% decrease. What led to this drop in deforesting levels? If the measures adopted were correct, why has it not yet stopped altogether? What must still be done to have it under control once and for all?

People deforest for a number of reasons, but these usually revolve around ensuring survival (small plantations), to profit from the sale of agricultural products or to earn some cash with the selling of plots taken by settlers (speculation). Those who speculate are also influenced by the market since the price of land goes up when agriculture-related prices increase. Many governmental policies also make deforesting more attractive, such as the subsidized agriculture credit and road improvements.” Continue the article.


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